A Change Destined to Fail, David Gregory Dumped from ‘Meet The Press’ (YouTube Video)

August 14th, 2014 No comments

There’s something to be said about good journalism.  Well if you can find it these days outside of the fading newspaper industry.  The day in 2008 when Tim Russert passed away the list of names, the frenzy of people to replace him was like running with the bulls.  Every Tom, Dick, Jane and Harry lined up to be the next host of Meet The Press.

David Gregory host of NBC's 'Meet the Press'

David Gregory host of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’

David Gregory was chosen.  Today, six years later, loss of 50% of the Tim Russert audience levels for Meet The Press, that decision proved to be a massive mistake.

No kidding.

Tim Russert was a true pro when it came to journalism.  You looked forward to his integration in all of the NBC News assets.  The Today Show, MSNBC, wherever there was a political connection you could always rely on Tim Russert.

David Gregory was not even close.

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I’ve said it once while blogging on my site and others…the day David Gregory, while hosting Meet The Press did a segment on the Today Show dancing ‘condom style’ was the day I knew there would be no more left of him on Meet The Press.

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That made me puke.  Yes puke.

The host of Meet The Press is not supposed to be dancing ‘gangham style’ on the Today Show.  Tim Russert wouldn’t do it and quite frankly this is a Matt Lauer project not for the host of Meet The Press.  Hell Matt Lauer might not make a fool of himself as did David Gregory.

That’s where it came to an end for  me.  The host of Meet The Press should not look like a clown…not anywhere, anytime.  Shame on NBC News for allowing that to happen.  He looked like a damn buffonn.  And buffoonery is not Meet The Press.  This is supposed to be a news program with issues that are not to be compared to an interview with Kim Kardashian.

What bonehead over at NBC News thought this would be a good idea?  And why oh why would NBC News not expect the ratings to plummet after spending too many years watching Tim Russert professionally host this legendary program called Meet The Press?

Chuck Todd won’t be dancing “gangham style” on the Today Show.  Whether or not he’s the best fit for the show…well I won’t watch.  But to turn MTP in to a carnival had to be the dumbest move on the planet.

Rest in peace Tim Russert, but unfortunately I know you won’t

Rick Thomas

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Robin Williams 1951-2014

August 12th, 2014 No comments
Robin Williams and Jimmy Fallon

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The Nutcase, Illegal, Unethical Methods of Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company

August 2nd, 2014 No comments

I’m outraged!!

Simply  outraged!!!

Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company…who the hell are these people?  Who in God’s name runs this rinky dink operation?   Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company is the worst company I have ever dealt with noting the 57 years of life I’ve spent on this earth.

So let me go  back a bit and explain what happened with Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company this past Friday.  It will be without question the rankest form of business practice I’ve ever witnessed from what I’m assuming is the local representation  of Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company here in Los Angeles.

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Friday at 4:55PM.  I’m sitting on my couch watching television.  First scotch on the rocks in hand.   Yes this is a Friday ritual for me.  The end of a long week and time to start the weekend.  Just got paid…Friday night…living for the weekend and all and all right?

Knock at the door.  My dog Dexter does his job and barks like a menacing 13 pound Maltese Poodle…dumb dog.

I open the door, grabbing the crazy dog by the collar…this guy named Glenn Paterson is at the door.  Asks for Richard Thomas.   Uh oh!  Who is suing me now.  Perfect time to be served paperwork to show up in court.  “Not guilty your honor,” is what will be next, right?

Nope .

I filled out this form online for Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company “funeral advantage” as at my age, with an aging mother and a just passed to God father, for my end of life planning.

WTF!!!!

This guy wants to talk to me, Glenn Paterson that is, about funeral planning….on a Friday afternoon, with my first scotch in hand and ready for the 5PM newscast on CBS2 Los Angeles to see what meteorologist Jackie Johnson is wearing wishing and praying that I was former NFL punter John Kidd instead of me.

Oh yeah.  John Kidd is married to Jackie Johnson.

OK so I digress.

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Rick Thomas /RealTVCritics.com/MediaRich Marketing

So this fool from  Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company wants to chat with me, almost forcing his way in to my apartment wanting to talk to me about funeral shit!

Can you freaking imagine?

He actually says to me “can I come in and speak with you” during the exchange.

Are you freaking kidding me?  5PM on a Friday evening and this asshole Glenn Paterson wants to come in to my apartment and talk to me about funeral shit.

Who the hell is running this rinky dink operation known as Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company?

I of course say “what the hell kind of company knocks on someone’s door at 5 o’clock on a Friday to talk about funeral shit?

This mofo Glenn Paterson gets downright belligerent.  Absolutely belligerent.  “We’ve been in business over 50 years,” this asshole says to me.  And I say, in my lovely demeanor “I don’t give  a fuck how long Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company has been in business!!  Get the fuck out of here!!!!”

This asshole Glenn Paterson from Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company then walks away from me and flips his business card in the air falling outside my apartment.  I close the door and go back to my Jackie Johnson five day forecast.

Now it’s time to walk the dog Dexter.

More drama to come.  Do you know this asshole Glenn Paterson from Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company dropped my personal paperwork on the ground at the inside gate of my apartment?

Yes my personal paperwork!

And also another person he was going to see…his paperwork as well.

So now this asshole Glenn Paterson from  Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company throws in utter disgust not only my personal paperwork but another person’s personal paperwork on the ground in a public area in my apartment complex.

I had his card by the way…yes and I had his cell phone number…Glenn Paterson that is from Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company and I left him a scathing message….that he should “never, ever fuck with the devil.”

I plan to personally take this man’s license from him.  And the people from Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company are about to learn as well…that you should never fuck with the devil.

Glenn Paterson….Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company…this is just beginning.

Rick Thomas


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Mary-Louise Parker No More ‘Weeds” Returning To Get ‘Slapped’ in NBC Mini-Series

July 25th, 2014 No comments

It’s about time.  Mary-Louise Parker is coming back to television.  The plot seems a bit strange but the characters that Mary-Louise Parker plays fall under the strange category no doubt.

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Mary Louise Parker

Weeds was fantastic.  For Mary-Louise Parker that is.  I have to admit I never watched Weeds on Showtime but I did catch the slimmed down versions on TVGN and really enjoyed Weeds.

One question I have to ask?  Why did it take so long for Mary-Louise Parker to get a gig on network television?

Well she’s back in a mini-series on NBC.  It’s titled The Slap.  Yes The Slap.  And you ask what the hell…

So here’s the strange plot.  A man slaps the wild and crazy child of another couple and all hell breaks loose.  That man is Peter Sarsgaard who is in this mini-series and when The Slap happens what do you think happens?  Cops, judges, lawsuits, pissed off parents and on and on.

A mini-series?  Really?  Oh well let’s move on.

According to the Hollywood Reporter’s overview Sarsgaard’s character falls for his wife’s teenage receptionist which gets you to the ABC Movie of the Week type mentality (you gotta be real old school to remember the ABC Movie of the Week) but remember Mary-Louise Parker is in this project so since she’s one of the hottest women on the big or small screen I will watch two of the eight episodes ordered by NBC.

Yeah I’m a guy…yeah I love The Slap.

Rick Thomas

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What Happens in Las Vegas…The Biggest Ripoff, Waste of Money and Time to Head to Cleveland

July 17th, 2014 No comments

I’m done…finished with Las Vegas.  Nice place to visit but Las Vegas is nothing more than hands in your wallet.  They do everything to snatch every penny, nickel, dime and dollar from your pocket and I’m not talking about the slot machine, the poker tables or trying to hit 21 at blackjack.

Las Vegas will never see me for a vacation ever again.

OK so I don’t get to go on vacation too often and when I do it’s only for a few days but I wanted to get away from Los Angeles with the girlfriend for a few days of some rest and relaxtion.

Not gonna happen in Las Vegas.  Though trips to the Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon were fantastic thank God there is a God because except for parking at Hoover and a car pass at Red Rock I left Las Vegas very disappointed.

Why?

Cause they charge you for everything!

Eric Roberts from 'Celebrity Rehab' and Rick Thomas

Eric Roberts from ‘Celebrity Rehab’ and Rick Thomas RealTVCritics.com

So we fly in to Vegas riiiiiigggggtttttt!  Get to the car rental joint.  Now I’ve rented cars in Vegas and all across the country.  I do a great job in getting a $7 rate for a midsize car…cool right?

Nope!

First off they need a $200 deposit on the car.  I’ve never paid any deposit on a car.

WTF!!!!  So now the deposit is the first ripoff.

Next the guy at the car rental joint wants more upsells than a bad infomercial at 3AM on Home Shopping Network.  So that’s the beginning.  Man I was pissed.

Next we get to the hotel.  Now when I go to Vegas on business I stay off the strip at a place called the Homewood Suites.  But I have the female with me so I stayed with her at the Tropicana.

Yeah I’m the man right?

Nope!

The Tropicana, as in all hotels, want a $19 per day resort fee.  WTF is a resort fee?  And I’m pissed at Orbitz because some hotels listed have the resort fee on the price point while the Tropicana did not.

Ripoff!!

Back to the Homewood Suites.

And have you seen some of these “all you can eat” buffets?  OK so I remember when most buffets were under $18 but the Tropicana’s was $21 per person.

WTF!!!!

OK so I’m not finished in the food department.  One night I wanted a slice of pizza.  Just one friggin’ slice of pizza after paying over $20 for a damn buffet.  So I go to the little place inside the Tropicana for a slice of damn pizza.  I see my favorite type…meat lovers.  So I can get a whole dang pizza at Pizza Hut for $10.81 with napkins, packets of cheese and hot pepper.  For $4 a slice is what the sign said right?

Not at the Tropicana.

So here’s the BS on a slice of meat lovers pizza.  For each meat selection you pay an additional 75 cents per pepperoni, beef, whatever which brings the price per slice to over $7.

WTF!!!

I just wanted a slice of pizza!!!

Las Vegas is a ripoff.  Time to head to Cleveland.  Las Vegas casino revenue is down 12% this calendar year, Atlantic City is closing casinos like an El Pollo Loco at 2 in the morning and they’re doing everything possible to rip their visitors off.

Hello Cleveland!!!

Rick Thomas

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Judge Mathis Skewers a Crackhead Who Can’t Figure Out if He’s a Crackhead (YouTube Video)

July 5th, 2014 No comments

This is why you don’t want to be a crackhead, go on a nationally televised court show name Judge Mathis, get asked a simple question and not be able to figure out whether you’re a crackhead or not a crackhead.

Most people would know about whether they were a crackhead.  This crackhead couldn’t.  But he made the mistake of all mistakes with Judge Mathis who pretty much doesn’t take shit off a crackhead who happened to beat up his girlfriend not once, not twice but three times.

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Now let’s be real.  Most women I know wouldn’t let a man get his hand moving in a backward direction and then head towards her before slicing of a few of his fingers.  Let alone taking three whippings…but welcome to the land of women with low self esteem…yes that land is court television.  But Judge Mathis doesn’t and didn’t care.  Not a bit.

Watch him tear a new you know what in to this guy.  It’s classic Judge Mathis.

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‘Taxi Brooklyn’s Chyler Leigh, Jacky Ido Make Unusual Duo But Great, Fun Television on NBC (YouTube Videos)

July 4th, 2014 No comments

So you get a bit jaded on network summer programming.  All you need to do is watch a few trailers and you just say to yourself “here’s another one headed for the canceled bin” leading to at many times not even tuning in to the trailer.

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That’s what I thought about Taxi Brooklyn when I first saw a promo for the new cop show on NBC.  Even as I watched the pilot episode my expectations were low.  Really low.

Not anymore.

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Taxi Brooklyn is kind of fun and really interesting.  Thank you NBC for creating content where there are no judges and amateur dancing.  Taxi Brooklyn‘s first two episodes were clear winners.  And the concept of a female cop who has gone through multiple partners is nothing new.  But one that also has tore up too many cop cars to the point that her boss gives her a transit pass instead of a cop car to get around is quite frankly pretty engaging.

That’s Chyler Leigh’s Detective Caitlyn “Cat” Sullivan.

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So here’s the twist.  Cat runs in to Jacky Ido’s cab driver Leo Romba whom she busts and as she tries to find out who framed him Cat lets Leo go free as long as he promises to drive her around whenever she needs him.

Gotta love this setup.

In fact Taxi Brooklyn is so well written that cabbie Leo Romba helps Cat Sullivan out on some of her cases and to be suspect on stupid TV his integration in those cases comes of as real.  The interaction between the two main characters in Taxi Brooklyn is incredible.  Even as Leo drives Cat around the city their banter back and forth is a lot of fun.  Clearly the characters had to have fun for this unique cop show to be credible.  And once again NBC has another winner.

So two in a row.  And why NBC launches these shows in the summer is amazing crazy because Undateable and Taxi Brooklyn are surely candidates for the fall and winter lineups as they are solid programs.

Rick Thomas

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NBC’s ‘Undateable’ Best New Comedy, Chris D’Elia’s Comeback After ‘Whitney’ (YouTube Video)

June 30th, 2014 No comments

Whitney tried.  I liked Whitney.  But as any show focused on one person it can clearly get stale.  Whitney on NBC was funny.  But it was all about Whitney Cummings.

Now in the canceled bin.

Fast forward to today.  NBC’s new comedy show Undateable brings back Whitney‘s Chris D’Elia back to comedy television in probably his best role.  This show is fantastic.

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Undateable is a winner.  It focuses on 20 and 30 something Detroit based crazies and quite frankly every cast member is perfect fit.  Chris D’Elia’s Danny Burton is a plain old womanizer.  And he’s really good at it.  Chris D’Elia was named one of the Top 10 Comics to Watch by Variety Magazine and he and Undateable is worth the watch.

UNDATEABLE -- "Go for Gary" Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Fynn as Brett, Ron Funches as Shelly, Chris D'Elia as Danny, Brent Morin as Justin -- (Photo by: Adam Rose/NBC)

UNDATEABLE — “Go for Gary” Episode 112 — Pictured: (l-r) David Fynn as Brett, Ron Funches as Shelly, Chris D’Elia as Danny, Brent Morin as Justin — (Photo by: Adam Rose/NBC)

His Danny Burton is kinda of a “jerk” as my girlfriend calls him but he quickly grew on her as he became an actual person which was a great move by the writers on Undateable.  But the cast around Chris D’Elia surely makes and rounds out the show.

Ron Funches, whose voice and on-air presence as Shelly just cracks me up.  David Fynn’s Brett plays a gay bartender that can’t get laid.  The whole gay character is worked in so well and is not offensive.  Rick Glassman who plays Burski is in full nerd mode while Baby Bird as Danny calls him is played by Brent Morin whose real character is Justin Kearney.

And the women are surely “Dateable” but I’m wondering why NBC doesn’t include all of them on their media website.  Bianca Kajlich is the divorced, depressed sister of Danny Burton.  Eva Amurri Martino is Nicki on Undateable who has the best body on television and hung out with Danny Burton for a bit before she got smart and knew he was a “playa” and decided to take a hike.

Never heard of these people right?  Neither had I except for Chris D’Elia.  But Undateable has legs.  Check out the videos and let us know what you think.

Rick Thomas

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A Fool on a Motorcycle is Loose! Watch This San Francisco TV Reporter Give It Back to An Idiot (YouTube Video)

June 19th, 2014 No comments

This surely is payback.  Payback to a moron.  A complete idiot.  Check out this video of San Francisco TV reporter Stanley Roberts who does a segment on KRON called “People Behaving Badly” where he catches people when they are behaving badly.

Yeah you’re gonna like this one.

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As he says during the segment this dumb ass could have just gotten on his bike and driven away.  But he’s your typical crook who ended up having all the wrong paperwork for him to be driving any type of vehicle.

Sometimes segments like are aggravating to viewers.  But with all of the assholes driving on the road just about everywhere be glad this clown is off the street.

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“The bear is loose…” And Another Surprise From POTUS, This Time People Knew Who He Was (YouTube Video)

May 22nd, 2014 No comments

I was reading a story on one of my favorite blogs…Sportsgrid.com that is part of the Mediaite franchise (which is bigger and better) and owned by legal eagle Dan Abrams.  It doesn’t have a lot of people viewing the stories uploaded every day but last week they ran a piece on Barack Obama, our current President, stopped by a kid’s little league baseball game.

The kids had no clue who Barack Obama was.

Now conservatives might like the fact that kids were unimpressed.  And Sportsgrid.com focused on that part of it.  But I wrote, on their blog, that if kids today have no clue who the President of the United States is then they are a bunch of stupid, illiterate, uneducated, deprived children.

Just me and my opinion and I’m sticking with it no question, no doubt.

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But when POTUS takes a walk along the Washington monument and meets along with greets the populous, no matter how you voted, well that has to be the coolest event in your life.

Watch this video.  And I’m glad I voted for Barack Obama.

Rick Thomas

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